Charity Gift Certificates Can Aid Your Cause

Charity Gift Certificates Can Aid Your Cause


Concluding our week long look at the upcoming Christmas season, let’s expand yesterday’s talk about gift cards to look at a novel variation on that theme: gift cards that give back. Specifically, gift cards which can aid a favorite cause.

Charitable Gift Cards

Christmas flowerSo-called charitable gift cards aren’t new, but they aren’t very well known to most consumers. In general terms when you get one of these cards, a significant portion of the proceeds is given to a charity of the recipient’s choice.

There are several charitable gift card sites for you to choose from. The following three I have reviewed and offer to you highlights for each one:

CharityChoice – Your gift recipient can help out the SPCA, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Disabled American Veterans, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and some 100 other charities through CharityChoice. Cards never lose value and they never expire.

According to the organization’s website, “Your donation gift, non-profit purchase is 100% tax deductible. Your gift recipient will receive an eCard and/or printed certificate with a redemption code, enabling them to choose from over 100 major charities; designating the donation to the charity that they wish.” CharityChoice deducts $0.50 per card + 5% administrative fee and 3% credit card processing to the designated charity.

Network For Good – You can get a “Good Card” and send that card to to your gift recipient who will then log on to choose the charity who will receive the funds. Instead of deducting a fee from the face value of the gift card, a $5 fee is added to your cost. This means that you’ll pay $55 for a $50 gift card, but that will allow 100% of the gift amount to pass directly to the charity.

Choose from national as well as local charities; the site provides related information about most charities to help you research what these organizations are all about.

TisBest – Whether you choose to print out and deliver your gift card from your computer or order a plastic card from TisBest, your donation can assist organizations who help the disabled, homeless, advance human rights, provide educational assistance, and more.

Customize your card or use existing art work and deliver that to your gift recipient. Available in amounts ranging from $10 to $5000. TisBest says, “The charity receives the entire amount on the card, less a $1.95 transaction fee and 3% received by the credit card processor (as with all credit card transactions).” A separate $1.49 shipping fee is charged if you want to give a plastic card to your recipient.

Feel Good Benefit

When using a charitable gift card site, compare their offerings to see what works best for you. Remember, these gift cards represent charitable donations to nonprofit organizations, with no tangible benefit to the recipient. Gifts are tax deductible for the donor.

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  1. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth 13 November, 2009, 02:52

    Thanks Matthew! I haven’t heard of any of these and my sister prefers Christmas gifts to be social cause ones.

  2. Sarah Myers
    Sarah Myers 13 November, 2009, 14:23

    Matthew, thanks for featuring charity gift cards! offers the GiveNow card, which can be redeemed to nearly 1.5 million charities. We offer e-cards (which can also be printed), as well as a more traditional physical card mailed directly from JustGive. E-cards are $5 for the first and $2 for each additional. Physical cards is $5 each. JustGive passes through 97% to charity.

    Recipients can donate to one charity, or multiple charities with a single card. Gift givers have access to an account where they can view which cards have been redeemed.

  3. Matthew C. Keegan
    Matthew C. Keegan Author 13 November, 2009, 14:28

    @Elizabeth — Glad to help out. I know a number of people who prefer to help others than to receive something for themselves.

    @Sarah — Thank you for adding to the list. Nice to see that there are organizations such as yours who can help people make a difference.

  4. Michele
    Michele 13 November, 2009, 18:03

    I have used TisBest for birthdays, wedding gifts, and holiday gifts. They are great! TisBest has the lowest fees, amazing customer service, and I really like that I can upload my own photos. Thanks for writing about these alternatives to the conspicuous consumption that plagues the holidays! 🙂

  5. Matthew C. Keegan
    Matthew C. Keegan Author 13 November, 2009, 18:12

    Thanks, Michele. I agree, we spend too much money on stuff we really do not need. Meanwhile, there are too many organizations who are cutting back because they’re not getting enough funds.

    Charitable gift cards cover the gift and the giving angle!

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